New Launch Trampoline Park could affect other Meridian Mall attractions

A new near 32,000 square foot trampoline park is headed to Meridian Mall in the summer. The arrival is highly anticipated for current store managers, but the new park could affect the success of current attractions in the mall for better or worse. Meridian Mall is home to many popular stores such as JCPenney, Macy’s, Yonkers, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Outside of the stores, however, the mall is also home to a variety of physical attractions for people of various ages. These include Sky High Bungee, Knockerball Entertainment and Extreme Fun.

Possible rezoning raises concern for residents in Okemos

After a contentious zoning meeting, no decision has been made about the possible development of land near the Sanctuary in Okemos. On Feb. 12, residents of the Sanctuary, located in Okemos, gathered at the planning commission meeting, in opposition to rezoning 7.63 acres on Hulett Road. The area is currently marked as R.R., or rural residential, and is being debated about becoming a R.A.A., or single family-low density. This would mean that the untouched lot would have the chance for a small amount of structures to be built.

Many of the residents spoke during the meeting, with the main concern being keeping the nature of the lot.

Despite Nassar scandal, a positive outlook for East Lansing’s MSU-dependent economy

Although the Larry Nassar situation might be detrimental for the reputation of Michigan State University, it does seem that the city surrounding the university will be able to survive from the repercussions. It does not seem that the incident will have a strong effect on the local economy. “Honestly I can’t see a connection on that one. I’m not sure why there would be a connection there,” said Tim Dempsey the director of East Lansing’s Planning, Building & Development Department. “ I can’t imagine how.

Williamston’s Community Center remains a gathering place for the city

There’s a building that has been standing strong outside Williamston’s downtown district since the late 1800s. The old community school has been refurbished to serve a new purpose. From the wear and tear of students age 6 to 18, multiple fires, and a tornado hitting the city, the building still remains a gathering place for Williamston. Dearborn, Michigan’s historic City Hall has been transformed into housing for artists and their families. In South Haven, an empty high school has been transformed into contemporary lofts.

DeWitt plans on bringing new infrastructure and home development to the area

DeWitt wants future citizens to move into its community, and its developing multi-use housing to make it happen.  

“The whole objective is to have the community that is here enjoy what’s here, talk to their neighbors, and feel good about their community so that they will stay,” said Loretta Spinrad, from the DeWitt Chamber of Commerce.  “That translates to more people wanting to live here.”

According to Daniel Coss, DeWitt city administrator, and township manager, Rod Taylor, a huge part of growing the township and city is providing housing for all demographics of people.  So, this means that creating all types of housing developments is crucial to success heading forward. The City of DeWitt and DeWitt Township are planning for growth in the future and planning on accommodating more citizens.

DeWitt using their budget to create a go to destination

The city of DeWitt is starting to become a cultural hub and a go-to destination. A lot of money is being put into the development of their downtown. Maricela Vargas is a preschool teacher in Lansing who is looking for a job in DeWitt and she is interested in DeWitt because of the small city feel. When Vargas visited DeWitt, she felt the family connection with the residents. Vargas said: “I was attracted to DeWitt because it’s a cute city and it’s going to be a great place to live.

Watch Focal Point: Senate tax bill, tobacco ads and more

With more sexual harassment allegations on the rise, we talked to attorneys about the legal aspect of sexual misconduct in the workplace. We discuss how the new tobacco ads could influence young smokers. East Lansing was given a new title, but is it one to be proud of? Plus, a week of sports recap with the Men’s basketball team beating Notre Dame last Thursday and a special look into the MSU Men’s Crew Club.